The Amazing Osprey: New Jersey’s Fish Hawk
Thursday, July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Meet the Osprey!
The osprey (also known as the fish hawk) is one of New Jersey’s largest raptors, with a wingspan of 63 inches. Join us when Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey shares how this amazing bird was brought back from the edge of extinction. The Foundation plays an active role in helping to manage and protect ospreys in New Jersey, and you’ll learn what you can do to help this amazing bird survive.
About the Osprey
Ospreys live near water, where they can find their favorite food–fish. They migrate south in the winter, and New Jersey ospreys fitted with satellite transmitters have been tracked as far as Venezuela and Colombia!
Osprey numbers declined dramatically due to pesticide use (mostly DDT), and by 1974 only about 68 pairs remained statewide. Efforts to recover the osprey population began in 1974, and today there are over 600 pairs.
Ospreys are an important bioindicator species, reflecting the health of their surrounding environment. Feeding largely on fish, their health reflects the status of this food source that is shared by humans. There are still many threats to ospreys, and the work to protect them is ongoing.
About the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
The Foundation’s mission is to preserve rare and imperiled species of wildlife that live and breed in, and migrate through New Jersey, by carrying out research, implementing conservation plans, restoring habitats, and many other activities. They seek to educate everyone who lives in New Jersey about our shared wild heritage and our shared responsibility to protect it.